Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Welcome to the Medela Freestyle Pump Giveaway sponsored by Medela and hosted by The Pistachio Project.

I have blogged many times about exclusively pumping for my youngest.  I used mostly Medela products during almost 21 months of EP, so I am happy to help promote this giveaway!

Recycling has become a pretty common activity in our everyday lives. We recycle at home, we recycle at work, we even have recycling bins along your walk through the park now... But what about the breast pumps?  What do you do with them when you're done using them?  This is something I wondered about and when I saw the #MedelaRecycles campaign, I was very excited that Medela has come forth with options that will improve another breastfeeding mother's journey!
Introducing Medela Recycles + Medela Freecycle Giveaway

Introducing Medela Recycles


Medela has heard the voices of moms and taken the initiative to create Medela Recycles. Medela Recycles is a program which takes our old breast pumps and uses each one to support the donation of new hospital-grade, multi-use breastpumps to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Moms who have babies who need to stay in the NICU get breast pumps while in the hospital but once their time is up they often move over to stay at a Ronald McDonald House without a pump. Medela wants to help change that. Medela wants to give moms one less thing to worry about in an already stressful time.

Sending your used pump to the Medela Recycles program is free and lets you properly recycle your pump plus you get the bonus of knowing you are helping to support other moms on their breastfeeding journey.

Want to recycle your old breast pump? Click Here! 

To help promote this amazing program, Medela has graciously offered to giveaway one Medela Freestyle Breastpump! The Freestyle is a compact, lightweight double electric breast pump with a rechargeable battery. Developed with the 2-Phase Expression technology, the Freestyle works more like breastfeeding babies to help you get the most milk.
Introducing Medela Recycles + Medela Freecycle Giveaway
The Medela Freestyle Breast Pump is available on Amazon.

Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends July 14, 2015 at 11:59pm EST
To enter, use the entry form below. Good luck!



Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by The Pistachio Project and generously sponsored by Medela. The Pistachio Project and the participating blogs promoting this giveaway are not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using the Rafflecopter random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015
If you LOVE BumGenius 4.0's like we do, you probably like the idea of getting 7 of them for the price of 6!  There's a sale going on at The Green Nursery, but it's only LIMITED TIME... it ends on June 30th!  So hurry up and check it out!
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Friday, June 19, 2015
Last year while advocating for exclusively pumping moms (you can read about my nursing journey with Karebear HERE) to be able to participate in the Big Latch On, I suggested WHO Code compliant pump manufacturers may possibly sponsor the event which would help increase numbers for the record challenge.  I said in the email correspondence with Joanne Edwards, the creator of Big Latch On, "I strongly believe in keeping us all together, we all have one goal, and we can show how amazing we all are. I find this is a great way to stay compliant as well as show support for EVERY lactating woman giving their baby the best."  Then about a month ago, I noticed that Ardo signed up to be a sponsor of the Big Latch On, and I was beyond ecstatic!  I had briefly seen Ardo pumps mentioned here or there and was very curious about this company and their pumping systems so I wrote Ardo and asked if I could help share information about their breastfeeding aids.
First of all, let me go into a little more detail about the WHO Code (1), why it's important and the compliancy standards.  The WHO Code was created to protect maternal and infant health nutrition concerns.  The code is designed to restrict certain marketing strategies of breastmilk substitutes.  The World Health Organization recommends "Infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health... Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond." (2)  Breastmilk has been scientifically shown to give both mom and babe a wide variety of health benefits, therefore the promotion of breastfeeding is important to ensure optimal healthcare.  What are the standards to be WHO compliant?

1-  No advertising of breastmilk substitutes to families
2-  No free samples or supplies in the health care system
3-  No promotions of products through health care facilities
4-  No contact between the company's marketing personnel and mothers
5-  No sample of gifts to health care workers
6-  No images promoting artificial feeding, such as infants on the product
7-  All information to health care workers should be scientific facts only
8-  Information about artificial feeding, such as labels, should explain benefits of breastfeeding as well as potential hazards with artificial feeding
9- Products unsuitable for babies should not be promoted
10- All products should be made of high quality and take into account the climate and storage conditions per country used
Ardo breast pumps are designed and manufactured in Switzerland. The materials used are certified for quality and safety, are BPA free, and come with a 400 hour warranty of use.
I was given the Calypso Double Plus Breast Pump for reviewing purposes.
This pump comes with A LOT! I love the options of flanges (3 different sizes) PLUS the 26 mm Optiflow inserts, which help massage the areola, creating a more ideal, efficient milk expression.

This pump is a closed system- meaning that it has a barrier between the pumping mechanism and where milk flows thorough.  Ardo calls it, "Vacuum Seal Technology," offering complete protection from contamination of germs invading the tubes and pumping mechanism.
The power adapter comes in two parts as shown below and once it's assembled, plugs into the socket with 9 volts of power.  On the underside of the body of the pump, there is a battery compartment that slides open and takes 6 AA batteries.
There are a few parts you need to put together for the Pumpset.  The flange/connector is one unit, with a lip valve at the bottom and on top, a "membrane pot" that fits inside the adapter tube cover.  The tubing slides onto the male end of the adapter tube cover and into the breast pump.  Each tube is 36 inches long, leaving ample space to find a comfortable position to pump.

As shown in the image below, it is easy to change the pumpset from single electric to double. 
1- both tubes
2- remove one tube connector
3- open port on other tube connector
4- slide tube onto tube connector
Then all you do is power on the pump and use the buttons to adjust the vacuum and cycle to your personal comfort level.  There are a total of 64 settings to ensure your comfort. The LCD Display also lights up so you can easily see the settings especially during those MOTN (middle of the night) pumping sessions.  There are two standard neck 150 mL bottles with lids included.
The pump with all components attached and ready for use is sooooo lightweight and conveniently portable.  It's quite compact compared to my Medela PISA, I love how much less room it takes, how sleek the design is and how smooth and quietly it runs! I had it almost at full power in the video below.
The instruction booklets are very helpful with cleaning information and assembly.  They do recommend a daily 10 minute boil for all parts used, except the adapter tube cover, tubing and tube connector.  
Pumping is very personal and everyone that's an experienced pumper has found their own techniques for maximum production.  However, the basics are the same for every pump: fit your breast into the flange, turn on the pump, slowly adjust it to where you BEGIN to feel the friction.  I am going to attempt to get an instructional video example of how I use this pump here in this post ASAP.  I do recommend to anyone that is pumping to make sure that the fitting is checked with an IBCLC.
I also found the Ardo Calypso to be very comfortable, and I'd absolutely recommend it to a first-time pumper, especially.  At the time of reviewing this, I was still pumping about once a week.  I was able to pull about a half ounce of milk with one power pumping session, which I thought was impressive. I'm losing my pumping skills, right now at the time of posting this I haven't pumped in 10 days.  My breastfeeding story is almost over.  It would have been nice to have the Ardo Calypso Double Plus at the beginning.  I really love this pump.  I have never seen another pump manufacturer offer so many different, helpful things within a kit.  Here's an action shot (using Pumpin Pals)!
What's my favorite thing about this product?  
There's so many things I love about it, hard to pick just one.  Being WHO Code compliant is probably most important, but also it's design and portability are high up on that list.
Is there anything that I would change about this product?
I prefer to have the convenience of the let-down mode button and I wish there was a quick switch button like this on the Calypso Double Plus.  
I give the Calypso Double Plus a 9.5/10!
You can buy Ardo products directly off their website http://www.ardo-usa.com
You can also find Ardo products, like the Calypso Double Plus Breast Pump on Amazon.

Please take a moment to LIKE Ardo USA on Facebook and tell them THANK YOU for sponsoring a giveaway here on Latched On Mom.  Yep, that's right!  One lucky reader is going to win the Ardo Calypso Double Plus Breast Pump (ARV $199.95)!
Also, thanks to Everything Home Life for co-hosting this giveaway!
All you have to do to enter is fill out the giveaway form below. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 6/19/15-7/3/15. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. Open to US only.  GOOD LUCK!!!
Ardo Calypso Double Plus Breast Pump

 Latched On Mom did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway, however Latched On Mom was given a free product in exchange for a review. Please see my full disclosure for more information.   This post may contain affiliate links.  This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty. If you have any questions about this giveaway, they may be directed to latchedonmom(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Welcome to the Jungle Roo Cloth Diapers giveaway hosted by Pocket Diaper Details

Here's some info about this diaper:

  • One Size Pocket diaper with a modern design
  • Soft and Stretchy fabric provides a comfortable fit for baby
  • Snap closure for quick and easy diaper changes
  • Waterproof, yet breathable outer fabric (TPU) is both soft and durable
  • Super Soft fleece inside
  • One 3-layer microfiber insert included with every diaper
  • Wash on warm or hot, tumble dry low
  • One size fits 9-30lbs.
  • Leg Gussets
For a full product review and the cutest baby modeling photos, visit Mommy and Love.

We love cloth diapers and this looks like a nice pocket diaper.  I hope one of my readers wins it!  Good Luck!
This giveaway runs until June 30 at 11:59 pm and is open to US residents, age 18+. 

Latched On Mom was not compensated for promoting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
The last couple years I have felt it has been getting more and more difficult finding gifts for my husband.  I know he appreciates going out to eat on Father's Day, especially to a All-You-Can-Eat buffet, so that's something we always do.  However, I honestly have the worst time finding him a gift he REALLY likes beyond a delicious dinner.  I talked about popular gifts you see frequently advertised for Father's Day with my hubby.  He elaborated on each gift and I'm sharing with you today a Dad Gift Guide.
Grilling:  My hubby prefers managing grill responsibilities, and that's fine.  Grilling sets like seasonings and sauces are really popular, and he said they're the perfect gift for a dad who likes to grill. Check out the awesome Ajika all-natural seasoning set or grilling baskets like my hubby's choice- the Jim & Jack Together at Last Gift Basket on Amazon.

Tools: There's always a need for tools around the house and everyone could use a good power drill.  My hubby added that miter saws are convenient tools to have on hand also. There may be a specific brand you are loyal to, we primarily have Black & Decker.
Organization: Think about where the clutter is... Having a a efficient garage organization system can be really handy to clear out clutter and make things easier to find!  Maybe loose change, receipts, and mobile devices are scattered on the dresser or desk, maybe there's another place that could use tidying up, like the car, which brings us to...
Car/Bike Accessories:  This is going to be something that's very specific to each person, but one thing that can keep Dad safe and prepared for an emergency is a safety kit.  If you're wondering what you need in the safety kit, Consumer Reports has an excellent article HERE.  If you have a cyclist Dad in the family, consider browsing through the outdoor recreation products on Amazon.
Fishing/Hunting License: Our family prefers wild game over hunting for meat at the grocery store.  Just the time going through the woods or by the riverbed is a great stress reliever.  Go HERE to find info about licenses in Iowa.
Grooming Kits: My hubby uses his beard and mustache trimmer all the time.  Said he couldn't get by without it!  While you're at it, a nice manicure/pedicure set wouldn't hurt (and will hopefully keep them from using yours LOL)!

Comfy Clothes:  Think relaxation, preference AND need.  Get a t-shirt that sports his favorite team or interest.  You can go for pajamas, a robe, socks, whatever.  My hubby always likes new clothes I buy him.  You can also grab the kids and do a DIY project shirt like this BEST DAD EVER t-shirt.
Hobby Related Gift Cards: aka Video Games ETC or Game Stop GC's for my hubby... but this one will go any way you think would be appreciated.
Date Night: What better way to celebrate fatherhood than rekindling the sparks that started it all in the first place?  Can't get out?  I love this 13 Easy at Home Date Ideas for Parents by Rebel Circus!
Family Vacation: Here is my suggestion- grab the kiddos, a tent and s'more ingredients then visit your nearest campground.  For a few more bucks, stay the night in a hotel (with a pool).  Find a few local attractions and you have yourself a fun family mini-vacation!

Any other ideas I should add to this list?  Let me know in the comments below!

What is your family doing for dad this year?



Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Welcome to the Pretty Pushers Transition Gown Giveaway! No matter if this is your first pregnancy or your fourth, you may be considering what is ideal to wear during maternity, delivery and post-partum. The Pretty Pushers Transition Gown covers all three aspects! It has many features that allow it to be worn during pregnancy, as well as used during delivery and post-partum care. The belly opens up for fetal monitoring, the halter top ties and gives easy skin-to-skin and breastfeeding access, and the back completely un-snaps. Mama Bananas Adventures reviewed this garment and says the Pretty Pushers Transition Gown is a "great way to feel pretty while delivering baby and beats the giant worn-out blue hospital gown I've delivered in before!" 
I personally HATE hospital gowns and have only worn one during my three births, otherwise I was just in my bra and/or tank top.  This gown looks very comfy to me!  I am happy to help promote this giveaway.  Good luck everyone!


One lucky USA Winner 18+ legal resident (void where prohibited) will win. Winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond. If you have any questions, please contact mamabananasadventures@gmail.com


Latched On Mom was not compensated for promoting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Dear "Fellow Breastfeeding Mother Who Just Doesn't Get It,"

There is a controversy about nursing in public, and you made that clear with your post.
You asked, "Is it really that hard to cover up?"
Here's some things for you to think about. And any others who think covering up or privately breastfeeding is a better solution.
1. Being able to feed a hungry child immediately is crucial for breastfeeding success.
Delaying breastfeeding sessions can disrupt milk production.  Kellymom says, "To speed milk synthesis and increase daily milk production, the key is to remove more milk from the breast and to do this quickly and frequently, so that less milk accumulates in the breast between feedings."  (source HERE)  Do you realize when you argue against nursing in public that you are asking mothers to withhold nourishment from their children?
2. A person feeding their child with a bottle is welcome to do so anywhere.
Having a separate set of standards between bottle feeding and breastfeeding is discriminatory.  A bottle nipple is modeled after a mother's nipple, right?
3.  Have you eaten with your head covered?  Have you eaten in a bathroom?
If your answer is no, then until you do so every single time you eat, you cannot assume it's good for anyone else.
4.  What is it that is offensive?  What do you SEE?
Is it a nipple like a man's but it's slightly larger and produces food for offspring?  If you see that as sexual, if you see that as obscene, if you're worried that this one act will influence the way your children see breasts THEN you are the problem.
It is a stigma.  We do have laws to protect our rights to breastfeed wherever we are but when people like you tear us down and shame us, we are less likely to meet our breastfeeding goals.  Quit sexualizing it. Society starts with you... that's the point you need to learn.
Sincerely,
A Mom Who Has Been Through It All And Knows Better



I made up a graphic with just a few words that explain what breastfeeding is.  Feel free to use and share!


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